Students Detained, Riot Police At Delhi’s Jamia Over BBC Film Screening

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The Left students’ body at Delhi’s prestigious Jamia Millia Islamia university has said two of its members have been detained by the police over their plan to screen the controversial BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the mass communication department this evening.In an order issued on Tuesday, authorities at Jamia had said they will not allow any unauthorised gatherings on campus after the Students Federation of India announced the screening on Facebook.The documentary, based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat during the 2002 riots, has kicked up a storm with the government banning the film and asking social media companies to take down links to it.A similar plan by a section of Jawaharlal Nehru University students to screen the BBC last evening ran into trouble as both internet and electricity went out in the Students’ Union office. Students watched the documentary on their cellphones and laptops and the evening ended with a protest march.